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96pt Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012

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From one of Brunello's most historic estates and from one of the best vintages in the past decade, comes the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino from Argiano, world-class wine for just £35 per bottle!

Argiano have been making wine since the 16th century and their hundreds of years of experience is clearly on display in this superb 2012. Adept at making great wines whatever the vintage, it is in the best years, such as 2012, that Argiano truly shine, with their know-how and the terroir of their vineyards coming together to create legendary wines.

This wine demonstrates all the qualities that make Brunello so sought-after, concentration and powerful, ripe fruit go hand in hand with elegance and silky-smooth tannins. A masterpiece of wine-making, it is easy to see why Argiano was included in Robert Parker's 'World's Greatest Wine Estates' book.

Given the quality on offer and great Brunello's ability to age beautifully, it is a wonder that these wines are still available for so little in comparison to the world's other great wines. We hope it stays that way but with popularity growing year on year, we'd recommend taking advantage of this value whilst you still can.

About the wine

Argiano’s Brunello di Montalcino is distinguished by its elegance and its deep ruby red colour. It has a lovely, deep concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins. It combines potency and elegance and with its perfumed aromas of red berries and its clean freshness, the complexity of this wine demonstrates an excellent balance. This can be drunk now, although we'd recommend a couple of hours in the decanter - and it will have fantastic aging potential.

For this Brunello, the grapes are selected from the best vineyards and are usually harvested between the end of September and the middle of October, after which the must is allowed to ferment in contact with the skins in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for two or three weeks. Upon completion of alcoholic fermentation, malo-lactic fermentation begins spontaneously, giving smoothness to the wine, as well as reducing its acidity and conveying greater depth, complexity and elegance.

The first year of mauration is spent in French oak barriques with different capacities to strengthen the innate structure of the wine. This is followed by a second year spent in larger Slavonian oak barrels which allow the wine to achieve balance. After completing the maturing process in wood, the wine is transferred into concrete tanks. The combination of concentrated and mature grapes undergoing fermentation at meticulously controlled temperatures, together with careful ageing in a selection of different oak barrels, is what gives Brunello di Montalcino its complexity, elegance and note-worthy aging potential.

Winemaker: Adriano Bambagioni
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Accolades:
- 96pts, James Suckling
- 94+pts, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93pts, Wine Spectator
- 92pts, Wine Enthusiast
- 3.8/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Vineyard: Argiano's best vineyards
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2017-2030

About the winery

The history of Argiano dates back to the ownership of Siena’s noble Pecci family, who between 1581 and 1596 constructed the splendid villa, an example of 16th century aristocratic residential architecture. Thanks also to the construction of the cellar, it was during those same years that Argiano developed its winemaking.

Ownership of the estate changed hands over the centuries among various noble families, until the 19th century, when it came into the possession, and enlightened management, of Lady Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli, who succeeded in introducing and promoting Argiano’s wines in the finest cultural circles of the time.  The great Italian poet Giosuè Carducci wrote a verse at the time saying “nella quale asprezza mi tersi col vin d’Argiano, il quale è molto buono…” (in the harshness of which I cleansed myself with Argiano wine, which really is good…).

In 1967, Argiano participated with other historical wineries from the area in the foundation of the Brunello Consortium.

In 1992, the assets of Argiano passed into the hands of Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano, who introduced important innovations into the winery’s management. She began working with the internationally acclaimed oenologist Giacomo Tachis, a partnership which led to the birth of the Supertuscan Solengo; the cultivation of the Sangiovese vineyards was expanded, and the cellars were renovated and modernised.

In 2013 the winery was sold to a Brazilian consortium, but investment has continued apace with maintenance work on the 16th century cellar, redefining the ageing techniques and creating large underground bottle-ageing cellars. This renewal is going to continue in the vineyard, with expansion of the Sangiovese crops and the use of new techniques to enhance the primary aspects of the “terroir”.

About the vineyard

The vineyards of Argiano benefit from a favourable microclimate and an enviable position which contribute to the development of the vines. The extended vegetative cycle and ripening period are due to the altitude of the plateau, 300 m above sea level, which provides cool nights in the summer months. The generally moderate rainfall in Montalcino aids healthier ripening of the grapes, conveying greater concentration and aromas to the wine.

This, together with the constant winds that blow from the Maremma, cooling the bunches of grapes during the hottest summer days, allows slower ripening of the grapes. Lastly, Argiano is close to Mount Amiata, one of Tuscany’s highest peaks, which protects the entire area from bad weather. The combination of all these factors enables Argiano to make high profile wines and constantly good vintages, year after year.

 

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96 Points - James Suckling
"Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all."

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94+Points - Monica Larner
"The Argiano 2012 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of interpreting the vintage and of showcasing its special microclimate on the southern flank of the Montalcino appellation. Both these elements point to warm-climate Sangiovese. and Argiano accepts that challenge with creativity and expertise. This is a proud expression of the grape with thick texture, determination and a succulent approach. Aromas of dark cherry, moist earth, tobacco and grilled herb lift from the bouquet. Bright acidity marks the close."

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93 Points - Wine Spectator
"An elegant style, displaying cherry, currant, tobacco and earth flavors. The tannins are present yet integrated. This leaves a lasting impression of balance and sweet fruit."

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"Delicious Brunello...a bit young but great fruit" 4/5 Stars

"Earthy full bodied. Spicy, blackberry and dried herb. Young. Nice 2012 Brunello"  4/5 Stars 

"Absolutely brilliant. It will be perfect 2018-2020...Full bodied, complex, deep, lots of spices. Everything you would expect from a Brunello..."  4.5/5 Stars





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